Attracted by Claremore’s two railroads, John M. Bayless came to Indian Territory in 1901. His wife and young children moved to Claremore, and Belvidere, after his death in 1907. His daughter, Francis Bayless Davis and her husband did move to Claremore in 1902 to run the Bank of Claremore, and his oldest son Guy Orlando Bayless arrived to work at the bank in 1904. In 1907, Mr. Bayless moved his family to Sulphur, Indian Territory, first, while he began to build Belvidere. According to the Belvidere Abstract, Bayless bought the property for Belvidere in 1905. Ground breaking began March 1907 according to a Claremore newspaper article. The rest of the family, Mary Melissa Bayless (mother) and her five younger children, moved to Claremore sometime between Mr. Bayless’ death (June 2, 1907) and when the mansion was completed and the family took up residence in late November 1907.
The mansion is a unique three-story Victorian mansion. The house is brick with a tile roof and has four towers, one on each corner. A portico on the north side provided cover for the guest carriages as they arrived for gala parties. Open year round for shopping, touring, or dining in the Tea Room.The Belvidere is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.Admission by voluntary contribution.
Claremore Expo Center & RV Park
The Claremore Expo Center is the venue for many varied events, including concerts; trade shows; graduations; tractor pulls; motorcycle, bicycle, and monster truck events; dog shows; livestock shows and auctions; and a wide variety of equestrian events. The Expo is currently the home court for the RSU Hillcat basketball teams, the Green Country Classic Ranch Rodeo, the annual Blue Grass & Chili Festival, the Rogers County Fall Free Fair, and the Rogers County Spring Livestock Show. The Expo Center also features a RV Park on site, with 44 paved spots and 20/30/50 amp full hookups.
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Claremore Museum of History
Rollie Lynn Riggs was born in 1899, three miles southwest of Claremore in Indian Territory. He became an internationally famous author and playwright of Green Grow the Lilacs, from which the musical Oklahoma! was adapted by Rodgers & Hammerstein. The play, set in 1900 in Claremore, is a vibrantly descriptive and colorful tale of life in Indian Territory. Many of the characters were based upon Riggs’ own family and close friends from the Claremore area. The Lynn Riggs Memorial, located inside the Claremore Museum of History, houses the original surrey with the fringe on top from the movie, Oklahoma!
Museum open on Saturdays from 11 am to 3 pm.
Claremore Super Recreation Center
This 80,000-square-foot facility features indoor basketball, tennis, racquetball, and volleyball courts; indoor track; weight room with state of the art equipment; and Olympic size indoor pool. Call for hours and daily rates.
Historic Downtown Claremore
Featuring Antiques, Collectibles, and More
“Where the Mother Road Meets Main Street”
Claremore Main Street, Inc.
More than 250 antique dealers are represented in three blocks and are becoming a shopper’s paradise!
Antiques, collectibles, art, home décor, local favorite diners, and many coffee shops with tasty treats are sure to please. *See Shopping for a complete list of antiques, uniques, and collectibles.
Historic Route 66, “The Mother Road”
From Catoosa to Chelsea
Our stretch of the Mother Road offers more than 40 miles to travel in Rogers County. See such icons as the Big Blue Whale, the Twin Bridges, J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum, the world’s largest Totem Pole, the Chelsea Motel, and Oak Hills Winery. Along the way stop at the Nut House and Hot Mama’s Deli for a quick bite or at a local café for an ice cream treat or an old-fashioned hamburger.
J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum
The museum contains the world’s largest collection of guns with over 14,000 on display. It is also the home to a large collection of John Rogers’ statuaries, a stein collection, swords, saddles, Indian artifacts, World War I posters, and antique musical instruments. The collection features over 50,000 artifacts on display, was originally located in the historic Mason Hotel, and now belongs to the State of Oklahoma. Before Mr. Davis died, he stipulated that his collection must remain in his beloved city of Claremore.
The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm. Admission is by voluntary contribution, and guided, special group, and after hour tours are available.
Maritime Education Center-Port of Catoosa
The museum displays the history of the Arkansas River and McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, regional benefits of the waterway, steamboat lore, cargo shipped on the waterway, and archeology. Of note is the photographic archive, waterway memorabilia, Native American artifacts collected along the Arkansas, and a motorized model of a lock and dam. In addition, the towboat M/V Charley Border is permanently docked adjacent to the museum and new education center. The Charley Border served the port for over 30 years, and was used to switch barges in the port channel. The museum is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Entrance is free of charge; donations are accepted. Please call for special appointments and group tours of the museum and the Tulsa Port of Catoosa.
Oak Hills Winery
Oak Hills Winery and Vineyards welcomes you to experience Oklahoma wine at its best. Spend some time with us learning about wines in a relaxed environment; bring the family and picnic in our park-like atmosphere or take a tour of the vineyards. We offer complementary Wine Tasting and offer a wide selection of wines, grape juices, and gifts…something for everyone!
11 am-6 pm Thursday-Sunday or by appointment
Roberdes Family Vineyard & Winery
Located on 15 acres just east of Claremore, our family has planted 3 varietals of grapes: Chambourcin, Traminette and Frontenac – over 950 vines. There are also blackberries and raspberries and future plans for an orchard. Wine was produced from our Chambourcin vines in 2009 in a limited quantity while Chambourcin and Traminette wine is expected in 2011. In the meantime, the family purchases only the finest grapes, juices and fruits to produce wine for our customers.